In a comment to Daily Scan's post earlier this week on how some researchers are using the ultra-popular Harry Potter series to get students interested in genetics, reader ivan_2 said that "researchers [would] rather go with X-Men instead. … I knew about X-Men way before Harry Potter." Indeed at his blog, Genomic Repairman says he owes a debt to X-Men.

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